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Have Gun Will Travelon DVD

9/14/1957 - 9/21/1963 CBS
Black and White - 30 minutes - 226 episodes

Richard Boone as Paladin
Kam Tong as Hey Boy
Lisa Lu as Hey Girl
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Have Gun Will Travel
Complete 2nd Season
6 Discs; All 39 episodes from the 1958-1959 Season
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Have Gun Will Travel Complete 2nd Season DVD Review
They didn't make 'em smarter than this, pardner. Have Gun Will Travel was a thinking person's TV Western. It was the first Western to be released as a complete season and for good reason. Richard Boone played sophisticated Palladin, who lived in the Hotel Carlton in San Francisco. He could be hired to solve problems, which he preferred to do with his head and not his gun. He was the only cowboy in TV Westerns who routinely quoted Shakepeare.

This year the show had reached its stride and even increased the pace a bit. In this second season, some of the best episodes were penned by Gene Roddenberry, who would go on to create Star Trek. It is on Have Gun that he perfected his craft in such stories as "The Monster of Moon Ridge." While the tight direction was usually provided by Andrew V. McLaglen, this season marked the first time a woman directed a TV Western. Ida Lupino broke that ground with "The Man Who Lost" starring Jack Elam.

You won't see much of Hey, Boy this year, and I kinda missed him.

Noteworthy guest stars are Lon Chaney Jr., Charles Bronson, Harry Morgan, Madlyn Rhue, James Drury, Harry Carey Jr., Suzanne Pleshette, Morey Amsterdam, Vincent Price, and Edward Platt.

The includes 6 discs which are generously in their own individual plastic cases. The set contain all 39 episodes and for each one, there is a bit of detailed trivia included. It's difficult to get expert commentary for these old shows since most of the main players are dead, so the behind-the-scenes text is nice to have. Most of the episodes look good especially to those of us used to looking at old VHS tapes or worse, reruns on TV. A few look like maybe the masters had aged too much, but in the main, I am grateful for season 2 and await season 3.

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